Are you in Italy only for a few days and want to discover its colours and atmosphere? Or are you interested in art, beautiful monuments and the history for which our peninsula is famous?
Every Wednesday, the Lucca & Pisa Tour sets off to discover two of the jewels of Tuscany!
Our tour guide will be able to lead us through the meanderings of the past, illustrate the peculiarities of the most famous monuments and reveal the secrets of the Tuscan tradition.
Ready to find out more about the itinerary?
We all meet at the bus stop, between the Olympic pool and the market, at 8:00 am!
The morning is the best time for getting things done and we have 1 hour and a half of road before us, passing among hills planted with vines and fruit trees, to Lucca.
Once we have reached the walls that guard the peaceful medieval village, a guided walking tour begins in the heart of the city.
Although Lucca is less popular than Florence, Pisa or Siena, it is worth visiting for its narrow streets, the beautiful squares of the historic centre and because it is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, the famous composer of operas, such as La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and Turandot.
Piazza Napoleone has always been the centre of political power in Lucca and is known to the Lucchesi as Piazza Grande.
In reality, the tribute to Napoleon dates back to 1805, when his sister Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, at the helm of the principality, had the surrounding buildings demolished to give more importance to the Doge's Palace and had some plane trees planted which still frame the building today.
This is the main place of worship of the city and the oldest cathedral in all of Tuscany (6th century). Overlooking a small square, one could spend hours looking at all its decorations, the arches of the façade and the carved pillars.
But don't miss these two details:
The three asymmetrical arches of the portico. Did you notice how narrow the third one on the right is?
The mystery of the labyrinth carved on the pillar near the bell tower
This is one of the most popular squares for tourists, very fascinating indeed, particularly from above.
The Romans built the amphitheatre, a place of visceral shows, such as the fights between gladiators. Hence the typically elliptical shape of the square, which follows the original wall structure.
After visiting the main squares and monuments of Lucca, it's time to have lunch!
It will be up to you to find the best trattorias or wine bars in the centre, for a quick but tasty lunch, before getting back on the road.
A full stomach and all aboard! Let's go to Pisa and its miracles!
In less than 30 minutes you will find yourself in the city of the famous Leaning Tower and finally you can take the typical souvenir photo of yourself trying to hold up the leaning tower!
But after the photos, eyes and ears on the guide so you don't miss the history of Pisa and its beautiful square!
Also known as Campo dei Miracoli, it is undoubtedly the most photographed and famous place in the city, although there are other interesting churches and monuments worthy of a visit. Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it may surprise you that it is not in the centre of the city, but at the edges, probably because of its large size!
Here is the first interesting fact.
The Piazza houses the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the CampoSanto, or the three main stages of life: birth, life and death. Hence the "Miracles", as Gabriele D'Annunzio wrote in his verses, fascinated by their grandeur.
There is no better way to look at buildings than to lie on the green lawn that surrounds them, on a sunny day.
Let's talk about the Tower.
The slope of the most photographed tower in Italy was created because of the sandy soil on which it stands (in this area, in fact, there was a river port). So much so that it had already begun to collapse during its construction in 1173.
56 metres high, it has 294 steps and from its top you can enjoy a magnificent view over the whole of Pisa.
Time to return to the Village. The return is scheduled for 7:00 pm, just in time to enjoy a family dinner!
Minimum number of participants: 30